Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars - 'Lenses Alien'
Progressive indie that's not afraid to get complex
While there’s a mass of slacker bands into ’90s alt-rock today, few venture beyond the usual influences. Luckily, [a]Cymbals Eat Guitars[/a] are here to harness progressive specimens from epic guitar heroes [b]Built To Spill[/b] to chameleons Lilys. The New York quartet mix these touchstones with post-hardcore power on their second album, pushing further into noise-rock on nine-minute opener ‘[b]Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)[/b]’.
While they mainly hit a balance between shifting symphonics, subtle keys and pyroclastic guitar, sometimes – such as on ‘[b]Plainclothes[/b]’, a ballad/disco/punk-funk/noise jigsaw – there’s just too much going on. But hey, layabouts, that’s called taking a risk.